Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health



Grantee News • August 15, 2013

Rice University researchers are making strides toward a set of rules to custom-design Lego-like viral capsid proteins for gene therapy. Read the full press release at

NIBIB in the News • August 15, 2013

A natural form of sugar could offer a new, noninvasive way to precisely image tumors and potentially see whether cancer medication is effective, by means of a new imaging technology developed at UC San Francisco in collaboration with GE Healthcare. Read the full article at

NIBIB in the News • August 14, 2013

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain in kindergartners revealed structural links to developmental reading skills and hinted at a possible target for earlier detection of dyslexia, a small study showed. Read the full article at

NIBIB in the News • August 12, 2013

A lightweight, portable ultrasound patch may help speed up the healing time for people with venous ulcers, a recent study suggests. The pocket-sized technology, which weighs less than a pound, could potentially help reduce the $1 billion spent each year on treating these types of ulcers. Read the full story on

NIBIB in the News • August 12, 2013

Researchers out of Drexel University (Philadelphia) have developed a new method for treating chronic wounds, in the form of an ultrasound applicator that can be worn like a band-aid. The device was effective in a small clinical study of 20 in the treatment of venous ulcers. Read the full story on

Grantee News • August 12, 2013

Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. Read the full press release at

Press Releases • August 12, 2013
Three teams were announced as winners in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, a biomedical engineering design competition for teams of undergraduate students. The three categories addressed the critical needs in biomedical technology, focusing on devices for diagnostics, therapeutics, and technology that can aid underserved populations and individuals with disabilities. The challenge was managed by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health.
NIBIB in the News • August 7, 2013

Scientists at Drexel University are using a band-aid-like patch that emits low-frequency ultrasound to heal chronic wounds. Read the full story on

NIBIB in the News • August 4, 2013

A new invention about the size of a large Band-Aid delivers low-frequency ultrasound waves to skin wounds to hyper-charge the healing process. A small clinical trial at Drexel University in Pennsylvania examined 20 patients with chronic leg ulcers, assigning them to five-person groups. Read the full story on

NIBIB in the News • August 2, 2013

Researchers at Drexel University, Philadelphia, used an ultrasound patch to dramatically reduce the size of leg ulcers in just four weeks. The patch, which weighs just three ounces, is battery-operated and sends low frequency ultrasound directly to the wound. It is thought that the ultrasound stimulates the production of connective tissue and the immune cells that play a critical role in healing. Read the full story at